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What's in a name?

Brive-La-Gaillarde is situated in central France's Limousin region in the department of Corrèze. Brive-La-Gaillarde was originally known simply as Brive.The addition of "Gaillarde" to the name in 1919 is thought to refer to the strength and security afforded to the town by the two sets of walls that surround it. The first set of walls was built in the 12th century, and the second during the Hundred Years War.

A lively market town

Brive-La-Gaillarde is a market town with much to entertain both visitors and its inhabitants. As well as the usual weekly market, Brive-La-Gaillarde boasts a flower market, which is held in the lovely old square of the Place Latrelle. There is a celebration of that essentially French vegetable the humble onion in the form of a yearly market held at the end of August. For those with more "cultured" tastes there are truffle markets throughout the winter, and a famous book fair is held in the town in the autumn.

Walls within walls

The town is protected by two sets of walls. Within the inner walls is a pedestrian shopping area that provides a safe and very enjoyable shopping experience in a historic and architecturally rich setting. Here you can find buildings that echo many different periods of the turbulent history of the region.

Gourmet treats to try

There are two gourmet items that must be tasted when in Brive-La-Gaillarde; walnut liqueur, and the highly unusual but delicious violet coloured mustard that is produced with the addition of grapes.

How to get there

Access to Brive-La-Gaillarde from the UK is easy and inexpensive. Just south of the town is Brive Vallée de la Dordogne Airport (Brive Airport) which currently operates flights with Ryanair and CityJet. Limoges airport is also an option, just 45 minutes drive away. Road travel is easy, as Brive-La-Gaillarde lies directly between Paris and Toulouse.

Property prices in and around Brive-La-Gaillarde

Property prices in the Limousin are generally regarded as some of the cheapest in France. While this is often the case, bargains are becoming harder to find as more and more house hunters discover the delights of the region. Around Brive-La-Gaillarde itself, there are some delightful quality properties suitable for developing into business enterprises such as gite complexes and camping sites.

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Brive La Gaillarde AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Brive La Gaillarde?

Brive-La-Gaillarde lies on the banks of the Corrèze river, to the south of the town of Limoges. It is situated in the centre of France, in the heart of the Massif Central.

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IN THE REGION OF LIMOUSIN

Limousin Guide

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRÈZE

Corrèze Guide

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Population: 49,141


Access: By air: Fly to Brive Vallée de la Dordogne or Limoges. By road: En-route between Paris and Toulouse. By rail: From Paris it takes approx 4 hours to travel to Brive-La-Gaillarde.


Economy: Agriculture dominates the economy of this lush green region, but Brive-La-Gaillarde itself was once a centre of industry.


Interesting fact: Jacques Chirac, president of France, has family links to Brive-La-Gaillarde. You can also visit the "Musée du Président", which displays artefacts connected with Chirac's presidency.

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